CONTENTS: Hagel 58-41; Rottweiler to Yorkie; Boehm – pension overhaul; Boehm- LCB; Fracking –NY/PA; Guzzardi – GOP; Hanson – GOP immigration; BO for sale; Sowell – shepherds, sheep; TX kids on burqas; Levin – McDonnell no conservative; Kotkin – red state growth; China stealth frigate; GOP & Latinos; Ds hate debt clock; Scam – sequester; OCare + $6.2T; Tom Brady $ cut; DHS bullets; Phillips – Galt for liberty; Hanson – the inexplicable; Announcements
“Are there good and bad rich — depending on whether some embrace his redistributionist agenda? Mitt Romney is guilty of an elevator and a wife in riding clothes; Beyoncé and Jay-Z are mere Edwin Markham oppressed laborers with hoes in the fields of socialism? Victor Davis Hanson
1827: Revelers danced through the streets of New Orleans, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations (Mobile, Alabama, claims the first Mardi Gras celebration, in 1703).
1860: In New York City, Abraham Lincoln gave his Cooper Union speech, which helped him gain national recognition as an opponent of the spread of slavery.
1951: The Twenty-second Amendment, limiting presidents to two terms, was ratified.
1991: President George H. W. Bush announced the end of the Persian Gulf War, an overwhelming U.S. and allied victory against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Paula Stiles: Chester County Bike Trails
These folks run stop signs, don’t always move over, and don’t pay for tags . . .
“Please plan on attending this meeting on February 28, 2013.
“Presentation starts at 6:30 but they will be showing maps, etc. at 5:30 p.m At West Whiteland Twp. Building. Let me know if you will be attending. I can try to save as many seats as possible.
“Here is the article from Commissioner Terrence Farrell. Get ready to ride your bike to work.
“There is a proposed bike trail in several different areas of Chester County costing a whopping 45 million dollars for the project. Whether you live in these areas or not, we need everyone to attend this and speak up. As you know, our county taxes have gone up this year and with this proposed plan, I am sure they will be going up even higher.
“You may think that your voice does not count. Word of encouragement. It does. Last night, there was a meeting in Oxford boro where the boro was pushing through some gun restrictions (magazines, etc). A group of concerned citizens (between 100 – 200 people) spoke up and the motion was not passed. I believe in order to fight what is going on, we need to come out in masses.
“Also, another encouraging word, a Smartmeter Man came up to one of our fellow patriots to install a smart meter. Fortunately the person was home and explained to him why he did not want a smart meter (equipment he had in his house would be affected). After talking with the gentlemen installing the smart meter, and his taking notes, the man left without installing the smart meter. Now I am sure this is not the end of it, but everyone can make a difference.
“Pass this email on to everyone you know and please I urge you to attend this meeting. The liberals will be there so we need to be there will double the amount of people.
Paula Stiles, Chesco Patriots
Paul Kane, WaPo: “Hagel wins confirmation to lead Pentagon”
“Chuck Hagel won confirmation Tuesday to become defense secretary over objections to his views on Middle East security and the administration’s handling of an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya.
On a 58 to 41 vote, the Senate confirmed the former GOP senator as four Republicans joined 54 Democrats in approving Hagel, ending a nearly two-month battle that included an unprecedented filibuster against the nominee.
“The four Republican senators voting in favor were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.)(emph added, jb). All 41 no votes came from Republicans. . .”
Aljazeera: Hagel Confirmed
“The US Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the next US defence [sic]secretary.
The vote on Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama’s nominee.
“The vote ended a contentious fight over the president’s choice for his second-term national security team.
“Hagel will succeed Defence [sic] Secretary Leon Panetta, who is stepping down after four years as CIA director and Pentagon chief.
“The vote came just hours after Republicans dropped their delay and allowed the nomination to move forward. . .”
Paul Rahe, Hillsdale: Rottweiler to Yorkie
Thx Bill Bennett,
(Tuesday, 2/26/13) Rahe described our transition from a republic to progressivism when, during FDR’s terms, Congress gave the force of law to agency regulations. We now struggle with “laws” issued for health care, education, environment, fuel, guns, housing, educational loans, marriage, and immigration. And we struggle with taxes that transfer our assets to Washington elites who, for votes, redistribute them to slackers. As Machiavelli advised, to stay popular, make everyone else needy. The descendants of Pilgrims, Quakers, Royalists, and even of Highlander herders have become slaves. And Congress, intended by our Founders to be a Rottweiler, became a quivering Yorkie.
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History 101: Western Heritage—From the Book of Genesis to John Locke
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PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Treasurer: Pension overhaul adding billions to liability is not real reform”
“HARRISBURG – A pension reform plan that adds to the state’s long-term debts should not be called reform, according to Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.
McCord on Tuesday blasted a public pension overhaul being pitched by Gov. Tom Corbett as part of his fiscal year 2013-14 budget proposal. Corbett’s plan would reduce in the short term the state’s contributions to its pension system – already more than $40 billion in the hole – in the hope of making fundamental changes to benefits that would secure savings over several decades.
“‘Fundamentally, what this does is make a big problem worse and fail to do the difficult work of talking about how to fund a real liability,’ McCord said. . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Liquor Control Committee will make changes to privatization plan, chairman promises”
“HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board had what some hope is its last budget hearing in the state House on Tuesday morning.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced last week that he will be introducing a plan to allow wine and beer to be sold in grocery stores and elsewhere (full details here), but before you start popping those corks over the news that the state-run liquor monopoly is headed for the trash heap, remember the bill has to actually make it through the General Assembly.
“And even though both the state House and state Senate are controlled by Republicans, it’s no slam dunk.
“The first major hurdle after the bill gets introduced on March 4 will be the House Liquor Control Committee. Recent attempts to privatize the liquor stores have stumbled there, in part because the committee’s chairman, state Rep. John Taylor, the lone Republican member of the General Assembly from Philadelphia, has not been on the same page with Turzai and Corbett.
“Following the budget hearing Tuesday, Taylor said he ‘might be a cosponsor of (Turzai’s) bill, but you can bet we’re going to change parts of it.’
“Specifically, Taylor said he wants to examine the timetable, including which parts of the multi-level privatization plan would go into effect immediately and which might have to wait a few years. He said his goal is to avoid the chaotic process some other states have fallen victim to when they did away with similar liquor monopolies.
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller: “‘Fracking’ debate hits home for NY, PA communities”
“. . . New York’s Southern Tier — the counties along the border with Pennsylvania — sits on top of the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, but the state’s moratorium on fracking prevents people from accessing it. However, just across the border in Pennsylvania, many credit fracking with revitalizing local economies.
“The Pennsylvania-New York border is the ‘Berlin Wall,’” Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Pennsylvania is West Berlin, and New York is East Berlin.”
Guzzardi on Republicans
“My goal is to have you look closely at the Rob Gleason John McNally State Party leadership endorsed candidate state committee endorsed candidate for Superior Court Vic Stabile.
What principles does Vic Stabile stand for?
Vic Stabile is part of the Republican Party apparatus that endorses in primaries and is connected to the insider network and too subject of influence of insiders and lobbyists. Vic Stabile is more than tangentially involved in the Republican Bailout of Harrisburg Bond Holders Act 79 of 2011. Note the involvement of Greenlee Associates lobbying for this bill.
John McNally is on the Republican State Committee that endorsed Vic Stabile. John McNally lost State Senate 15 to Democrat after 76 years of Republican control. Birds of a Feather……
John McNally, Dauphin County – The Spider Web of Insider Influence is Pervasive in the Republican Establishment.
Vic Stabile is more of the same. It is unlikely that the Republican will win statewide and I think it is a tactical blunder for the grassroots to support the Establishment Endorsed Candidate.
Rob Wyda is NOT the endorsed Republican candidate; he has my vote.
I do not know Rob Wyda other than what is on his Facebook page. There are no perfect people in Harrisburg and Rob Wyda is not going to be the first.
The endorsed Republican is a hack; the unendorsed candidate served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo https://www.facebook.com/judgerob.wyda?fref=ts
Bob Guzzardi Camp Hill is independent of any party, candidate or campaign and is approved of by no one.
LEADS . . .
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Republicans & Immigration”
“Republicans are terribly confused over illegal immigration. They still can’t quite figure out its role in the last election.
“Did the issue lose them the Latino vote? Maybe — but why did they also forfeit the Asian vote, and by nearly the same margin? Why did the caricature of Republicans as old white nativists resonate with Asians as well? If support for closing the border and refusing amnesty lost Republicans the election, why do a majority of Americans continue to poll in opposition to any sort of collective amnesty?
“And why, in some polls, did Latinos seem more concerned about continuing big-government readiness to help the poor and tax the wealthy than about immigration reform? Alan Simpson and Ronald Reagan, who helped to give us the 1986 amnesty, are not heroes to the Latino community. Is there statistical support for the often-repeated axiom that Latinos, as a group, are more likely than members of the so-called majority culture to embrace traditional family values — lower divorce rates, lower rates of illegitimacy, lower crime rates, higher graduation rates? . . .”
Washington Examiner: “Access to White House, President Obama for sale”
“Six years ago this month, then-Sen. Barack Obama launched his first presidential campaign in Springfield, Ill. He warned thousands of his adoring followers about “the cynics, and the lobbyists and the special interests who’ve turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.” He went on: “They write the checks, and you get stuck with the bills. They get the access, while you get to write a letter. They think they own this government, but we’re here today to take it back.”
“Fast-forward to this past Saturday, when the New York Times reported that the re-elected President Obama’s top political advisers are all fanning out across the country with a simple message for those same lobbyists and special interests: Obama is for sale.
“Of course, nothing is ever quite that blatant in Washington, but here is how the pitch goes: Obama can not enact his second-term agenda without significant help from outside groups. Those outside groups can channel resources through Obama’s old presidential re-election apparatus, which has now been rechristened “Organizing for America,” an IRS 501(c)4 tax-exempt “social welfare” organization. . .”
Also: Becket Adams, The Blaze: “Watch As Obama Press Sec. Tries To Explain Why Group Is Auctioning Access to Obama for $500K”
Thomas Sowell, Town Hall: “Shepherds and Sheep”
“John Stuart Mill’s classic essay “On Liberty” gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people’s decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing “that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging.”
“Professor Sunstein is undoubtedly correct that “people make a lot of mistakes.” Most of us can look back over our own lives and see many mistakes, including some that were very damaging.
“What Cass Sunstein does not tell us is what sort of creatures, other than people, are going to override our mistaken decisions for us. That is the key flaw in the theory and agenda of the left. . .”
Eric Owens, Daily Caller: “Texas public school students don burqas, learn that Muslim terrorists are freedom fighters”
“Texas Public Schools have come under fire again. This time, a teacher allegedly encouraged high school girls to dress up in full-length Islamic burqas and then instructed the entire class that Muslim terrorists are actually freedom fighters.
“The incident occurred in a world geography class at Lumberton High School in the small town of Lumberton, Texas. The general topic of the class that day was Islam.”
Mark Levin: Virginia’s Bob McDonnell is no conservative
Note: VA’s Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, is running for governor . . .
“On Monday’s Mark Levin Show: Mark talks about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and how he is not a conservative despite claiming to be. He gives examples of how Governors like McDonnell and Rick Scott in Florida want to keep adding more and more taxes, and yet claim to be conservatives. They want to add higher gas taxes, road taxes, and it will never be enough for them. Mark says it’s time to call out phony conservatives and those that continue with reckless spending while pretending to be on the side of the citizen. Also, Mark talks about a provision regarding the sequestration that if it goes through, President Obama won’t have his pay reduced.”
Wall Street Journal : “A Cavalier Fiasco”
“There’s one thing uglier than a Democratic tax-and-spend spree. A Republican one. On Friday Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and a GOP-run legislature approved a five-year, $6 billion transportation bill financed almost entirely with higher sales and car taxes. The big winners are unions, real estate developers and the transit lobby.
“Taxpayers didn’t fare so well. The sales tax rises to 6% from 5% in Hampton Roads and populous Northern Virginia and to 5.3% everywhere else. The hated car tax (which Republicans once vowed to eliminate) rises to 4.3% from 3%, meaning a new $30,000 car or truck will come with a $1,290 tax bill. Then there’s a new 0.25% sales tax on homes in Northern Virginia, plus a new hotel tax.
“Mr. McDonnell claims that “with this bill gas prices will be reduced” because he’s eliminated the 17.5 cents a gallon gas tax. Yet he’s replaced it with a more hidden 3.5% tax on the wholesale price of gas. With wholesale prices nearing $4 a gallon, this is a 14 cents a gallon tax. This new levy will automatically rise with inflation and oil price spikes, which means over time the McDonnell gas tax “cut” may be an increase.
“Virginia has severe traffic congestion, but that is mostly because roads have long been a lower priority than everything else in the $36 billion Virginia budget. Mr. McDonnell persuaded Democrats to earmark $200 million from the general fund for roads. But in return the law earmarks hundreds of millions of dollars for lightly used transit projects, including $300 million for a multibillion-dollar Dulles airport rail project that will require subsidies to run.
“Mr. McDonnell even cut an 11th-hour deal with Democrats over the expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare . . .”
Also . . . Washington Post: Virginia lawmakers approve sweeping transportation plan
Joel Kotkin, WSJ: “America’s Red State Growth Corridors
“Low-tax, energy-rich regions in the heartland charge ahead as economies on both coasts sing the blues.
“In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, some political commentators have written political obituaries of the “red” or conservative-leaning states, envisioning a brave new world dominated by fashionably blue bastions in the Northeast or California. But political fortunes are notoriously fickle, while economic trends tend to be more enduring.
“These trends point to a U.S. economic future dominated by four growth corridors that are generally less dense, more affordable, and markedly more conservative and pro-business: the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Third Coast (spanning the Gulf states from Texas to Florida), and the Southeastern industrial belt. . .”
AP: China’s “Stealth Frigate”
“ . . . The helicopter-equipped ships feature a sleek design to reduce clutter and make them harder to spot by radar and are armed with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles. They also need a crew of just 60, two-thirds fewer than older vessels, a major advantage that should boost efficiency and relieve burdens in training and recruitment. At 1,440 tons fully loaded, is considerably smaller than U.S. Navy frigates, and is categorized by some observers as a member of the smaller class of ship known as corvettes. . .”
Neil Munro, Daily Caller: “Gallup – GOP unlikely to gain much traction with Latinos”
“. . . It appears that young Hispanic adults will remain lopsidedly Democratic throughout their lives, [and] there is also no generational evidence at this point suggesting that they will become more Republican,” said the Monday report, which combines data from Gallup’s daily tracking polls of 26,264 Hispanics. . .”
Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: “Democrats complain about presence of debt clock on Capitol Hill [VIDEO]”
“During a House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday on the budget, two Democrats complained after House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling instructed that two monitors in the hearing room display a real-time running national debt clock.
Nicholas Ballasy, Daily Caller: “Rep. McCarthy: Sequester is ‘less than what we borrow in one month’ [VIDEO]
“In an effort to put the looming automatic spending cuts into “perspective,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said the sequester only cuts “less than” what the federal government borrows in ‘one month.’ . . .”
Andrew Stiles, NRO: GAO Report – “Obamacare Adds $6.2 Trillion to Long-Term Deficit”
“Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today.
“Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), who requested the report, revealed the findings this morning at a Senate Budget Committee hearing. The report, he said, “confirms everything critics and Republicans were saying about the faults of this bill,” and ‘dramatically proves that the promises made assuring the nation that the largest new entitlement program in history would not add one dime to the deficit were false.’
“President Obama and other Democrats attempted to win support for the health-care bill by touting it as a fiscally responsible enterprise. . .”
from Matt Drudge, (2/26/13)
Government Report: Obamacare to Add $6.2 Trillion to Deficit...
Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year...
Big Sis Warning on 'Security'...
Illegals 'could flood borders'...
Homeless will starve...
Mike Garofolo, USA Today: “Tom Brady signs cap-friendly, three-year extension with Patriots”
“New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has taken a steep discount on the going rate for elite NFL quarterbacks to help the team allocate money elsewhere and make at least one more title run in his career, according to a person familiar with the agreement. .
President's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'...(from Matt Drudge)
Mike Piccone, Daily Caller: “Rumor control: Did the Dept. of Homeland Security recently request to purchase 21,600,000 rounds of handgun ammo?”
“. . . To directly answer the rumors: Did the Department of Homeland Security just request to purchase 21,600,000 rounds of handgun ammo? No, not by a long shot.
They purchased 240,000 rounds. That amount is equivalent to just one round per employee of the Department of Homeland Security.”
Judson Phillips, TPN: “Going Galt for liberty”
“. . . Many people believe the government has very sinister motives in buying all of this ammunition. A simpler explanation may be that the Obama Regime is trying to buy up all of the ammunition on the free market so that citizens cannot purchase it.
“Since the government went on its buying binge and since the murders at Sandy Hook, popular calibers of ammunition have been difficult to find and the price of ammunition has doubled.
“One gun shop owner reported earlier this year that he expected his next shipment of a popular caliber of ammunition in 2014!
“While firearms manufacturers are now refusing to sell to some government agencies, it is time for ammunition manufacturers and sellers to do the same.
“Because of its buying binge, the Federal Government won’t run out of ammunition anytime soon. The manufacturers and sellers of ammunition should go Galt, stand with the American people and tell the government we are not selling you any more ammunition. We are going to sell it to the American people. ..”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Explaining the Inexplicable”
“Almost daily we witness things that make no sense. A few examples, from the profound to the trivial. . .”